Monday, October 21, 2013

iPad Lesson: Shadow Puppet Books

Shadow Puppet is an app that creates a slideshow with narration.  This is a great app for both students and teachers to use in the classroom.  Using the app is simple- you just add the images that you want in your slideshow and then record yourself speaking on each image.  There are even some fun special effects you can use while recording: tap the screen to add a highlight or pinch/pull your image to zoom in/out on items in the image.  Use this app in the classroom for:
-Explaining a topic
-Publishing pictures of a classroom activity or school event
-"How To" Projects
-Research Presentation
-Practice Fluency
Below is an example of a Shadow Puppet I created recently with a 2nd Grade class.  The students had written books about the seasons and the teacher wanted a way to share the books with technology.  First I took pictures of the students' writing (with the iPad camera) and imported them into the Shadow Puppet app.  Then I worked with each student to record them reading their page of the book.  Now the teacher has a Shadow Puppet video that can be emailed to parents or embedded on his website for all to enjoy. 

Learn more about Shadow Puppet from an interview with its' creator:

Friday, October 18, 2013

iPad Lesson: WordFoto

Are you looking for a fun, creative way to integrate technology to teach language or vocabulary for your unit of study?  Try the Wordfoto ($1.99) app!  Find the Wordfoto app listed in iPhone apps in the App Store, but it works great on iPads, too.  Wordfoto combines the image you choose with up to 10 different words that you type in.  Then the image and words are combined to create a beautiful typography art.  There are also built in editing tools and eight different type styles to choose from.

Use this app in your classroom for:
-About Me projects
-Vocabulary (science, social studies, math)
-Character Studies
-Creative Writing Prompts
-Foreign Language Practice

Here are some examples of Wordfotos created in classrooms:



iPad Lesson: Educreations Math for Kindergarten

This week I worked with the Kindergarten classes to help the teachers integrate technology and math with their students.  In Kindergarten, the students are typically using the iPads with content based apps to practice letter recognition, writing, and basic math, but I wanted the students to use the iPad as a creation tool just like the older students do in my schools.
The students were working on CC standard K.MD.A.2 to describe and compare measurable attributes in which they compare to see which group has more than or less than.  The students first used the app Make A Scene: Farmyard (FREE) to create a picture with two groups of animals, one with a greater number than the other.  Then the images were pulled into the Educreations (FREE) app for students to record their math stories.  In the Educreations video that we published, you can see the students circling their groups of animals, counting the animals in each group and stating which group is greater or less. 
This was a fun and educational way to make a product that shows each student working on their math skills.  This same activity can be used to practice and show mastery of different math skills including addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
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